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Saints Row review

AT A GLANCE
  • Some incredibly fun activities
  • Equals GTA on many fronts
  • Impressive realistic lighting
  • Commuting to missions gets dull
  • Multiplayer isn't open-world
  • No bikes, planes, etc.

Aside from the formula for Coca-Cola, no pop culture secret has been more difficult to replicate than Grand Theft Auto's recipe for open-ended videogaming thuggery. A few have had moderate RC Cola-level acceptance, but most have been Crystal Pepsi-sized failures. Finally, however, we have a winner. Saints Row is the Pepsi to GTA's Coke.

Emulating GTA with near-perfect precision - a subversive, satirical sense of humor is the only thing lacking  - Saints Row drops your custom-created anti-hero into the fictional city of Stilwater, a seedy metropolis whose four gangs (the Carnales, Vice Kings, Westside Rollerz, and your 3rd Street Saints) vie for control over the town's boroughs.

Each gang has its own mini story arc, and defeating each one requires you to complete a series of missions. They'll range from the usual FedEx-style delivery tasks that run you around the city to more challenging jobs, such as shooting down a rival's private jet before it has a chance to take off... while being shot at by rocket launcher-toting gangsters and pursuing cars.

The missions are, for the most part, fairly enjoyable, but a frustrating handful are aggravated by the massive distances you'll need to travel to reach them. It's not so bad driving for five minutes across the entire city to reach your destination, but when a particularly troublesome task makes you retry the commute several times, you'll be more than ready to shoot someone. A mid-mission checkpoint would have gone a long way towards easing the pain.

More Info

Release date: Aug 29 2006 - Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Action
Published by: THQ
Developed by: Volition
ESRB Rating:
Mature

4 comments

  • GeneralTickTock - October 12, 2009 1:57 a.m.

    this sounds pretty nice i may just buy it
  • CreeplyTuna - August 28, 2009 6:22 p.m.

    gta 4 sucked! san andreas was great but, gta is way to over rated
  • oryandymackie - June 18, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    gta is better...(first) How sad is it that we have little noobs showing bias towards a game, without even playing it, thinking that someone will ACTUALLY be affected by what he's saying. I mean, you get that, and nobody's going to think "Oh, he must be speaking the truth", no, they will think "little 10 year old fat ned". Which everyone does.
  • Surafel - May 31, 2009 4:34 p.m.

    gta is better...(first)

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